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commotion, having many things do to ,moving around, very busy

BATA-BATA

ばたばた
Action
Motion
Human State

BATA-BATA

ばたばた
collapse one after another
Action
flapping, kicking
Motion

BATA-BATA

ばたばた

BATA-BATA

ばたばた

To do something hurriedly and nervously.

慌ただしく落ち着かないようす。
hurry/rush
急ぐ
busy
忙しい

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ここ三日間、引っ越しの準備でバタバタしている

koko mika hodo, hikkoshi no jyunbi de bata-bata shiteiru.

I’m exhausted (lit. feel like collapsing) from the last three days of getting ready to move to a new house.

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Difference in the use of the phrases to express "restlessness"

「せわしない」の表現の違い

Bata-bata and atafuta both indicate restlessness.
However, bata-bata emphasizes the state of having many things do to and physically moving around.
On the other hand, atafuta emphasizes feelings and thoughts, such as stress, panic, and get flustered or running around.


バタバタするも、あたふたするも、共にせわしなく落ち着かない様子であるが、
バタバタの方はやることがたくさんあり、動き回っていて忙しい様子。
一方あたふたは、気持ちが急いていたり、困ったり狼狽えたりして、慌てふためく様子のこと。

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Collapsing or becoming weakened one after another (e.g. dropping like flies).

続けざまに倒れたり衰えたりするようす。
collapse
倒れる
one after another
次々に

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ウイルス感染で、人がバタバタ倒れ死んでいく

uirusu kansen de, hito ga batab-bata taore shinde iku.

People collapse and die one after another from viral infections.

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Continuous movement by legs or wings.

足や羽を続けざまに動かすようす。
flapping
羽ばたき運動
wing

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公園にいたたくさんの鳩が、トラックのクラクションでいっせいにバタバタ飛び立つ

kouen ni ita takusan no hato ga, torakku no kurakushon de issei ni bata-bata tobi tatsu.

The flock of pigeons at the park flew off together in a flurry at the sound of the truck horn.

おもちゃを買ってもらいたくて、子供が座り込んで手足をバタバタさせている

omocha o katte morai takute, kodomo ga suwarikonde, te ashi o bata-bata sasete iru.

The child, who wanted her parent to buy her the toy, sat on the floor and started flapping her arms and kicking her legs about.

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hurry/rush
急ぐ
busy
忙しい

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